Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
Kavita Surana's research interest is in the intersection of clean energy, climate change, and innovation, with a particular focus on public policy in countries looking for ways to address challenges such as energy access or environmental degradation while ensuring economic development.
She is a consultant on energy and climate to the World Bank and other organizations and previously worked on electricity markets and power generation investments at ICF International. Kavita developed her own innovative technologies for solar cells at the French Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) during her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (INP-Grenoble), France. She was an Erasmus Mundus scholar at Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France and holds a B.Sc. in Physics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India.Last Updated: Jan 25, 2017, 2:06pm